Lionel Messi admits he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to STAY at Real Madrid

Ross Houston
October 9, 2019

"I have a contract for a couple more years, there is no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I want to play and not enjoy walking around the city and enjoying the sea", Rakitic said of his situation at Barcelona.

And Barcelona fans can rest easy knowing that, with his tax issues now a thing of the past, Messi said he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his playing days.

He continued: "And that's. when we started controlling better this, I think that Ramos used to say, 'Xabi, Messi's coming.' And I didn't go to press Xavi where I would stay with Messi".

Lionel Messi has admitted he wanted to leave Barcelona when he was under investigation from the Spanish tax authorities but insists now he intends to finish his career at the club.

"Today my idea and that of my family is to end (my career) here", he said. "We are very happy in Barcelona", Messi said.

Throughout the summer there were rumours that Messi was encouraging the Barcelona board to re-sign Neymar from PSG, with Messi saying he'd have "loved" to see the Brazilian return.

"But with Ney we had to look beyond sports, many parties did not want him to come [due to] everything that had happened".

Barcelona did sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, despite him rejecting the Catalans the year before.

"From my childhood I have dreamed of playing for Newell's because of what football means in Argentina, but sometimes one has to prioritise the family". Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. The Croatian has gone from being a regular to hardly counting for coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi scored his first goal of the season in a 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Sunday, after two months spoiled by calf and thigh injuries.

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